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Maine couple found dead in SUV Christmas morning

The Associated Press

Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:16 PM

MANCHESTER, Maine — A couple was found dead in a parked SUV on Christmas morning under suspicious circumstances, and detectives were hoping to retrace their steps on Christmas Eve to try to figure out what happened to them.

The victims were identified as 35-year-old Eric Williams and 26-year-old Bonnie Royer, who lived together in Augusta.

Police investigate the SUV in which Eric Williams and Bonnie Royer were found dead Christmas morning.WGME 13 News

Police investigate the SUV in which Eric Williams and Bonnie Royer were found dead Christmas morning.

They resided less than a mile from where they were found in Manchester, state police said Friday night.

35-year-old Eric Williams (PICTURED) of Augusta, Maine, was found dead, along with Bonnie Royer, 26, also of Augusta, in an SUV in Manchester, Maine early Christmas morning, 2015. Williams was found in the driver's seat and Royer in the front passenger's seat. This is one of his Facebook photos. Police are investigating. Facebook

35-year-old Eric Williams (PICTURED) of Augusta, Maine, was found dead, along with Bonnie Royer, 26, also of Augusta, in an SUV in Manchester, Maine early Christmas morning, 2015. Williams was found in the driver’s seat and Royer in the front passenger’s seat. This is one of his Facebook photos. Police are investigating.

Enlarge Bonnie Royer, 26, of Augusta, Maine, was found dead, along with 35-year-old Eric Williams, in an SUV in Manchester, Maine early Christmas morning, 2015. Williams was found in the driver's seat and Royer in the front passenger's seat. This is one of her Facebook photos. Police are investigating. Facebook

Bonnie Royer, 26, of Augusta, Maine, was found dead, along with 35-year-old Eric Williams, in an SUV in Manchester, Maine early Christmas morning, 2015. Williams was found in the driver’s seat and Royer in the front passenger’s seat. This is one of her Facebook photos. Police are investigating.

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Eric Williams (l.) was found in the driver’s seat and Bonnie Royer (r.) in the front passenger’s seat.

One of the victims called 911 at around 3:30 a.m. Friday from an isolated dirt road near a number of sand and gravel pits, state police said.

Police scour the scene for clues to the unexplained fatalities. WGME 13 News

Police scour the scene for clues to the unexplained fatalities. 

Officers who responded found both of them dead.

Somerset County police dispatch logs show a complaint was made at 3:34 a.m. about shots fired in the same location, the Kennebec Journal reported.

Autopsies will be performed Saturday.


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